If I were allowed to only choose one verse in scripture to deem my favorite, I would choose Luke 7:47 everyday of the week.
“I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Luke 7:47
As a young girl I loved this story but as a grown woman, I find the simplicity of these verses strangely profound. The image of Jesus relaxing with His closest companions intrigues me in light of the fact that He knows His earthly life will end in the next two days. However, for me, the focal point of this story is the woman and her unassailable devotion to the Lord.
Having lived in Middle Eastern countries for years, I know this culture well. Whenever gatherings like this take place, men and women are segregated. Men would gather in one house, location or room and women would gather in a completely different location. The idea of a woman entering the “men’s room” is mind-blowing. But the story becomes even more staggering when you realize this woman not only entered a room full of men, she entered a room comprised of religious leaders and disciples.
I have no doubt that all eyes were on her as she entered. She then took the alabaster flask and broke it open. John 12:3 tells us the fragrance of the ointment filled the house, drawing even more awkward attention to her unwelcome presence. Yet despite the unwanted attention and the demeaning stares, she continued to anoint her Lord. Her willingness to go against social, religious and cultural norms to make it to the feet of Jesus is powerful testimony of the love she had for her Savior.
May we be a people that pursue Christ and worship Him wholeheartedly despite how it is perceived by the world around us.